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There may never be enough drivers again

There may never be enough drivers again

Some HGV driver vacancies will never be filled. This is according to a report by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), which says that 15% of current driver roles are set to stay empty.

The FTA’s 2019 Logistics report questioned more than 500 freight and logistics organisations that revealed they did not expect to fill 15% of current vacancies, and anticipated delays in filling a further 36%.

Sally Gilson, head of skills campaigns at the FTA, said: “An ageing workforce, competition for skilled staff, and shifting migration patterns […] mean we are facing serious challenges in the recruitment and retention of labour for key logistics roles.”

She also pointed out that “the average age of a HGV driver is 48 years.”

The logistics sector is the lifeblood of a nation’s economy. Time will tell what impact the driver shortage will have on our economies.

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  1. If you payed the drivers a decent wage.buy the trucks to do the job you might get more drivers

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    • Treat the drivers with a bit of respect might help

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  2. Personally, I’m loving the driver shortage. I’ve been doing it for the last 37 years (still learning). It’s great to suddenly feel appreciated for the skills that I have accrued over this time. Licence is and has been spotless for the last 10 years. Been in my current job for 2 years, 280,000 kms in that time and not a mark on my truck.
    I’m thinking of moving company next year and it’s just great to know that I can pick whatever I want and just go to the best payer. It’s about time!!

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  3. I passed my HGV test in 1975 and now I need a CPC to show I can drive safely? Fuck you, I retired instead even though I could give trucking at least another 10 years. I completed the course once but never again.

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